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Integrated Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Science in Architecture

Program Overview

The Department of Architecture offers a number of academically outstanding students enrolled in the fourth year of the Bachelor of Architecture degree program the opportunity to enroll in an integrated B.Arch.-M.S. in Architecture program. The program permits the student to integrate the fifth year of study for the professional B.Arch. degree with the program of study for the M.S. in Architecture degree into a continuous program culminating in the award of both degrees. The ability to coordinate as well as concurrently pursue the two degrees enables the student to achieve greater depth and comprehensiveness than if the degrees are pursued sequentially, and to earn the two degrees in a shorter period of time.

Note: The Integrated B.Arch.–M.S. in Architecture is only available to fourth-year undergraduate students in Penn State's B.Arch. program.

Details/Sample Schedule


  • ARCH 491 (6) Arch-Des VII
  • ARCH 550 (3) Architectural Ethics
  • ARCH 451  (3) Professional Practice
  • Elective (3)


  • ARCH (6) (counts for Arch 536)
  • ARCH 511 (3) Theoretical Perspectives in Architecture
  • ARCH 520 (3) Methods of Inquiry in Architecture and Urban Design
  • Gen Ed course if needed


  • ARCH 591 (6) Thesis Research
  • Elective (3)


  • ARCH 600 (6) Thesis
  • Elective (3)


Applicants to the integrated program must be enrolled in the fourth year of the B.Arch. program at Penn State. Admission is competitive, and applicants must meet the requirements as outlined in the Graduate Degree Bulletin. However, please note that GRE scores are not required from existing Penn State students.

The best-qualified students will be accepted up to the number of spaces available for new students. Acceptance to the program prior to the completion of all required course work is provisional, contingent upon meeting the above requirements.



Robert Reed Drawing Workshops

Cathy Braasch, assistant professor of architecture, was so moved by the passion of the late artist and educator Robert Reed that she has set out to share his life, work, and pedagogy with a whole new generation of students through the Robert Reed Drawing Workshops at Penn State and in New York at Hunter College and the Whitney Museum for American Art. Read the story.

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Department of Architecture
121 Stuckeman Family Building
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814.865.9535
Fax: 814.863.8137
Program Assistant: Jennifer Howard